Grantland has a great story here. I can’t rightly call this Schadenfreude because it’s all joy, baby. The Yankees have dominated MLB for too long and deserve a little vacation. This cannot be anything other than good for baseball.
With that said, I think the most amazing thing is how incredible Robinson Cano is. As the article mentions, he was the best player in baseball for the last four years by bWAR. Number of MVPs won? Zero. He’s placed third exactly once (2010). A Yankee — and I’m throwing up a little in my mouth just typing this — is underrated. I didn’t think that was possible. It’s close — the top five, BTW, are Cano, Miguel Cabrera, Adrian Beltre, Clayton Kershaw, and Joey Votto — but that doesn’t excuse his being overlooked in the hardware department. Now Seattle is paying him scads of money to be just as awesome (probably) but for a terrible team that is managed by the equivalent of fungus.
Okay, I guess there’s the tiniest bit of shame there after all.
I finished reading From the Earth to the Moon thanks to feedbooks the other day. I am awfully fond of Jules Verne as a writer and consider him one of the finest science fiction writers of all time.
But. (Warning: not only are there spoilers ahead, but lots of profanity.)
A friend posted this article on Facebook. Provided the fundamental point of the article is true (and it does pass the smell test, at least to me), then here is my question:
Why is John Boehner letting this minority of Republicans cripple his party?
Regardless of why the shutdown was implemented, it’s a PR nightmare for the GOP. The Democrats will probably get some blowback, too, but they’ve successfully maneuvered themselves into the position of victims. I’m not talking about reality here, just the perception of reality.
So, the obvious solution (at least to me) is to kick the recalcitrant few out of the Republican Party. Force them to run as independents or, maybe, try to form a third party.
You will doubtless say, “but Tony, won’t that split the Republican vote? The GOP would be committing suicide in 2014!”
My response: “They committed suicide the moment they even obliquely endorsed something as incredibly stupid as the government shutdown. This is acknowledging that fact and trying to recover in time for 2016.”
John Boehner would probably lose any credibility he has left. Again, why is this bad?
I await Kevin’s response (and maybe other readers too!).
So… um… yeah. There are a few possibilities here:
1) Trent Richardson was hurt worse last year than anybody admitted, including Richardson, yet somehow will still pass his Colts physical.
2) The Browns desperately, desperately want a new QB. The Colts made the playoffs, though, so I’m not sure how valuable this pick will be. Of course, without even a semi-competent running back, our actual pick will be damn good…
3) Jimmy Haslam has something to do with it. I don’t know what, but something. Maybe he still secretly owns part of the Steelers.
4) Mike Lombardi really is an idiot, like everybody has said for years.
5) There really is a G_d, and he really does hate Cleveland.
I’m glad I don’t get to see any Browns games this year now.
Obviously, gay marriage is wrong, because magnets. OBVIOUSLY. (H/t to Polandball)
Turkey has fallen for the trap.
Via Paco, who may or may not have been in on it.
Thanks to the draconian policy of reducing slightly the rate of the federal government’s growth, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s staff is becoming svelter. We could call it the K Street Diet.
I now have a book idea; nobody steal it from me.
One former Republican candidate for office, unable to steal through the State, tries to get a little more personal.